“Keeping the show on the road”

The College workshop is a busy place and the team made up of Ian Lomas as Vehicle & Equipment Manager, Jim Cowen as team leader, Dave Biddle vehicle technician and Ian Fortey as engineering fabricator all play a vital role in keeping our fleet of vehicles and venues on the run.

In 2017 the team serviced and inspected 150 vehicles, including our fire appliances, other emergency service branded vehicles used to support scenario training, and College vehicles used around site. This included 3,000 individual vehicles checks in preparation for daily courses.

As well as maintaining the College vehicle fleet and venues, the team also engineer and fabricate all of our on-site fire behaviour and investigation boxes.

The team recently designed and built a sked for the transportation of the Angus Coolfire high pressure cutting and extinguisher equipment, which means that it can be quickly and easily moved to locations as required around the incident ground.

Ian Lomas says:  “The team are very flexible and have a can do attitude”, this approach allows us to utilise specific in-house skills that we have to create and maintain training equipment built to our own specifications based on feedback from instructors and learners.

For example, the recently in house fabricated fire demonstration boxes now include safety elements such as a fold-out heat shield for the instructor to stand behind whilst instructing/operating the unit, and special features that make the boxes easier to generally maintain.”

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